September 26

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Be aware that young people have to be able to make their own mistakes and that times change.
Gina Shapira
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
We have a firm commitment to NATO; we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe; we are a part of Europe. ~ Dan Quayle
2004
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. ~ Jonathan Swift
2005
The awful daring of a moment's surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, and this only, we have existed.

~ T. S. Eliot (born 26 September 1888)
2006
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.

~ T. S. Eliot in The Four Quartets
2007
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.

~ T. S. Eliot in The Four Quartets ~
2008
All is always now. Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Will not stay still.

~ T. S. Eliot in The Four Quartets ~
2009

Suggestions

All that I can hope to make you understand is only events: not what has happened. And people to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events. ~ T. S. Eliot (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:46, 23 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:04, 25 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:27, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Yet if the only form of tradition, of handing down, consisted in following the ways of the immediate generation before us in a blind or timid adherence to its successes, "tradition" should positively be discouraged. We have seen many such simple currents soon lost in the sand; and novelty is better than repetition. Tradition is a matter of much wider significance. It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labour. ~ T. S. Eliot

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:04, 25 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 06:11, 25 September 2007 (UTC) but might eventually give it a 3 if truncated to remove the initial "Yet".
  • 2 Zarbon 23:27, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

If you don't have a hammer, you don't want anything to look like a nail. ~ Robert Kagan

  • 4 Zarbon 04:39, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:45, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:19, 26 September 2008 (UTC)